The 2021 Giant TCR range is the ninth generation TCR, having first debuted in 1998. ‘TCR’ stands for Total Compact Road and the philosophy behind the design on the TCR has helped set the benchmark for modern race bikes. It goes without saying that other companies began to also adopt this compact philosophy in the design of their bikes, due to the increased efficiency, comfort and aerodynamics of this new design. However, in recent years, other bike companies have also included more aerodynamic features in the design of their compact frames. The previous iteration of the TCR models was in 2016, and it is due time that Giant released a new and improved TCR.
While the flagship TCR model, the TCR Advanced SL, is the spotlight of the group, with press releases mentioning its lighter weight, stiffer frame and more aerodynamic design than its previous models, with comparisons with rivals such as the Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Trek Emonda SLR and Cervelo R5.
Today, we’re focusing on the TCR Advanced 2 frames.
While the humble TCR Advanced doesn’t have all the guns the TCR Advanced SL boasts, it shares many of its characteristics. The truncated ellipse tube profile that improves aerodynamics will be on the TCR Advanced models as well.
The TCR Advanced frames are all constructed using 100% Toray T700 carbon fibres. If you had owned the last TCR Advanced model, you’d be happy to hear that the Advanced Disc drops a whole 213.6g (Medium) in weight due to the switchover to a full carbon fork as compared to the outgoing model.
The TCR Advanced models come with a standard non-integrated seatpost, so you don’t have to worry about cutting to size